Admob's iPhone ad business continues to grow

Mobile web advertising provider Admob is finding significant traction with its iPhone ad network. The device has gone from generating 28 million ad requests in July, when the company launched interactive iPhone-specific ad features, to 236 million in October. Now the iPhone is the top device on Admob’s network, making up 4.1 percent of all ad requests.

Apptera gets more funding and a former Yahoo VP on its board

Voice and visual mobile ad network Apptera clearly doesn’t think that mobile advertising is going to take as big a hit as other forms of online advertising. In fact, from its perspective, mobile advertising may be the perfect way for publishers to cut costs while reaching a very targeted audience. The company has just closed a new round of funding to expand operations and help its clients do just that.

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard showing its teeth sooner than expected?

The next version of Apple’s OS X operating system, dubbed “Snow Leopard” is slated to come out next year. When an early build was shown at this year’s WWDC event in June, Apple indicated that it would be available to the public in about a year. However, a new slide from a presentation given by an Apple director indicates it could be sooner, MacRumors reports.

LIFE, hosted by Google

Kids discovering the glee of hula hoops. Movie star Audrey Hepburn. Man first landing on the moon. These iconic images and more can be easily found on Google, which is now hosting LIFE Magazine’s photo archives. Over 10 million images dating as far back as the 1750s are┬ábeing lifted off of dusty pages, etchings, slides, negatives and sketches, and brought to you in digital Technicolor (at least that’s what it feels like — we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore), thanks to Google’s efforts.

Taboola clinches $4.5 million, and CNN to boot

Taboola, a Tel Aviv-based video discovery startup, has just launched its “ViDiscovery” product, which analyzes the context and content of videos, and the viewing and behavior patterns of users in order to recommend videos. It has also secured $4.5 million in a second round of funding. The company aims to make money by running targeted ads with relevant videos.

Depends on what the meaning of "market" is: Judge dismisses Psystar's Apple countersuit

The brand loyalty that Apple enjoys is not the same as lack of competition, a California judge decided in throwing out Mac-clone maker Psystar’s countersuit against Apple. Apple originally sued Psystar in July for making computers that ran its OS X operating system without permission. Psystar came back a month later with a countersuit saying that Apple was engaging in antitrust practices by limiting its operating system to its computers.

iTunes adds (a bad selection of) TV shows for under $10

Last week, Apple started a new promotion within iTunes offering certain music and movies for under $5 for a limitied time. For movies, this is brilliant, for music, it brings iTunes closer to AmazonMP3 in terms of deals. Today, iTunes has added a third discount section: Television shows. It’s not nearly as compelling.

Caterpillar Cone: The new Fail Whale for Twitter?

Twitter has been having issues all day today (you know, just like the good old days). But right now, instead of the typical Fail Whale picture (shown when Twitter is down), there is a database maintenance message and a picture that I’ll describe as a caterpillar being yelled at by an ice cream cone.

SGN's iFun puts a bit more Wiimote in the iPhone

Gaming company SGN has a strategy that has worked so far with iPhone and iPod touch games: Use the device’s accelerometer to create simple sports games similar to one that have been made popular on the Nintendo Wii console thanks to the accelerometer in its Wiimote controller. It’s taking that approach to the next level with iFun, a new accelerometer-based gaming experience for the iPhone platform.

Google: Times are tough, deploy the ads!

It’s hard to knock Google for expanding their ad placement on their properties. After all, we are talking about their properties, properties that are free for us to use. But the problem, as we’re seeing today with its new ad box on Google Finance, is that users don’t like change — especially for the worse.

Hulu could catch YouTube in 2009 — in revenue, not traffic

Maybe you’ve read some of the headlines this morning about the NBC and Fox-backed online video site Hulu “catching” or getting “bigger” than YouTube. Hopefully you read deeper into those articles, because while the headlines suggest that Hulu is catching YouTube in traffic, that’s not the case. What they mean to say is that Hulu could match YouTube’s U.S. revenue by next year, according to The Financial Times.

Obama's first address to the nation on YouTube

This is just brilliant. As we wrote about yesterday, President-elect Obama will be giving weekly video addresses alongside the radio addresses that have become routine for previous administrations. The big key for these video addresses is that all of them will be placed on the largest Internet video portal in the world: YouTube. Today the first of those was released (watch it embedded below).

The Presidency, coming to a YouTube channel near you

With families no longer huddling around the radio, the presidential “Fireside chats” of the ’30s and ’40s are moving to YouTube. Today, President-elect Barack Obama will be recording his weekly Democratic address not just on radio, but on video for the first time. The video will be uploaded to YouTube and available for viewing after the radio address is released on Saturday. Recorded in Chicago at the transition team’s office, the YouTube video will be posted to Obama’s site Change.gov, which is supposed to make his administration more transparent.

Techmeme gets an iPhone app, not made by Techmeme, that you have to pay for

When I saw a new application called Tech News in the App Store the other day it piqued my interest. After all, it combines two of the things I love most: Technology news and iPhone apps. Then I saw that it was “Powered by techmeme,” the technology news aggregation site, and I was even more interested. Unfortunately, it’s not very good, and rather pointless.

Let's hope Quantum of Solace isn't as lame as its iPhone app

Today, the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, opened in the United States. I’ve been waiting for it ever since I left the theater after seeing the last one, the great Casino Royale. To temper my excitement, I decided to download the James Bond – 007 application for the iPhone. All I can say is that I hope the movie isn’t as lame as this app is.

Google. iPhone. Voice search. Awesome. (If it works.)

As soon as tomorrow there may be a cool new application in Apple’s App Store from Google: Voice search. The app will apparently allow users to speak commands such as “Where’s the nearest Starbucks” into the iPhone and it will be sent to Google’s servers and come back with a search result, according to The New York Times.

Meebo partners with Hearst Magazines Digital Media, teen girls rejoice and chat

Meebo, the company that powers social interaction through instant messaging and group chat on its own and partner sites, has partnered with Hearst Magazines Digital Media, a unit of Hearst Magazines. Seventeen.com and Popularmechanics.com are two of the digital media properties that are integrating Meebo’s chat and instant messaging services to drive users to the sites and create active, passionate communities.

NewTeeVee Live: Sling Media's Krikorian doesn't think content from the web in the living room is a "hobby"

GigaOm’s Om Malik interviewed Sling Media’s co-founder and chief executive Blake Krikorian on stage at the NewTeeVee Live event today in San Francisco. It’s clear that Krikorian is very bullish on the prospects of using the web to bring content into the living room. Obviously, Sling has had a lot of early success in using the web to move content with its Slingbox device.

Happy birthday, OpenSocial! Welcome to Xiaonei

OpenSocial, the standards platform that makes it easier to write applications across social networks, is celebrating its one-year birthday in San Francisco today. As part of the festivities, OpenSocial made several announcements, most significantly launching on Chinese social networking site Xiaonei, and releasing some impressive statistics.